The leaves of the foxglove plant are used to extract the constituent, digitalis, used to make the pharmaceutical drug, also called Digitalis. Digitalis is used to treat irregular and overly fast heart rates. Foxglove was first written about in Ireland and then Scotland, where it still grows wild, as early as the 13th century. The plant has also been related to witchcraft for centuries. It was used in pagan rituals and potions to break fairy enchantments.
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